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Studio Visit: Quiet, Moody Flower Studies by Yukiko Masuda

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Studio Visit: Quiet, Moody Flower Studies by Yukiko Masuda

Annie Quigley October 13, 2016

I discovered Yukiko Masuda’s thoughtful photographs on Instagram, where I quickly fell in love with a small study of fall hues that she captioned “autumn palette.” On her feed, @nonihana, the flower stylist and wire-work artist photographs the arrangements and wire-and-glass vases she creates in her Tokyo studio. Here, a glimpse of Masuda’s work—and her secrets to getting those moody, Insta-perfect shots.

Photography courtesy of Yukiko Masuda.

Yukiko Masuda's Autumn Palette Photo on her Nonihana Instagram

Above: Spotted on Instagram: an “autumn palette” of blush-colored hydrangea, green-stemmed daisies, faded leaves, and orange berries. Masuda shoots “99 percent” of the photos on her Instagram feed with her iPhone 6—no high-tech camera needed.

Pink Flowers in Vases by Yukiko Masuda

Above: Coral dahlias are delicately arranged in simple glass vases. For the best photos, lighting is key: “I usually take photos using only natural light from a window,” Masuda tells iPhone Photography School. “I control the amount of light coming in through the window with a board. If it’s too bright, I cover the window with it, allowing me to get the right amount of light on my subject.”

Flowers on Grey Background by Yukiko Masuda

Above: “Try experimenting with different objects for a clean background, such as a simple white board, some natural linen cloth, a wooden table or a black board,” advises Masuda on iPhone Photography School. Here, green stems and leaves are vibrant against a slate-colored backdrop.

Five Peace Vase with Flowers by Yukiko Masuda

Above: Masuda also creates original wire vases and lights. The 5Peace vase, shown, holds small wildflower stems; it’s available through Ex Flowers for 26,000 Yen ($251.26) but is currently sold out.

Stems on Grey Background by Yukiko Masuda

Above: One of Masuda’s flatlays: summer flowers against a gray background.

Wire Vase and Hydrangea by Yukiko Masuda

Above: A tall, wire-framed Sabi vase by Masuda, also available through Ex Flowers (23,000 Yen or $222.23, currently sold out).

Wire Hangers by Yukiko Masuda

Above: Small wire vases by Masuda display trailing silhouettes.

Hydrangea Bouquet by Yukiko Masuda

Above: Masuda creates bouquets and teaches classes on floral arrangement in her Tokyo studio. A black ribbon adds a dramatic detail.

Plum Cake and Lilacs by Yukiko Masuda

Above: Masuda shoots more than flowers. She also incorporates her love of baking into her photographs. Here, lilac stems are effortless table decoration for an afternoon slice of plum cake.

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